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Jeurys Familia's 100-mph fastball breaks catcher's mitt

Mets rookie Jeurys Familia faced three Cardinals, gave

Mets rookie Jeurys Familia faced three Cardinals, gave up one hit and struck out one in his major league debut at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (Sept. 4, 2012) Credit: Getty

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Did Mets reliever Jeurys Familia really break catcher Taylor Teagarden's glove with a 100-mph fastball Saturday?

"Broke Teagarden's glove," Mets bench coach Bob Geren said. "Went right through the web. That's like a script out of a movie."

Teagarden said the strings on his glove already were loose when Familia fired a super fastball in the ninth inning of the Mets' 3-3 split-squad tie with the Twins at Tradition Field.

"I've had this glove since 2009," Teagarden said. "In theory, he broke it, I guess."

Geren, a former major-league catcher, is managing the Mets' team here with Terry Collins running the other squad in Las Vegas.

Whether Familia gets credit or not for a BCM (Broken Catcher's Mitt), Geren was impressed by the 24-year-old righthander.

"Two days in a row he threw the ball really, really well," Geren said. "Obviously, he threw the ball hard."

Familia, who pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout, is unscored upon in five innings.

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